flat feet

Do I Need to Treat my Child’s Flat Feet? Lonnie Kaplan DPM

Flat feet are one of the most common pathological foot types that are seen in the world. Most people agree that you tend to inherit your parents foot type and thus if your parents have flat feet, your children will develop as well. Most of the time, the parent brings the child to the pediatrician for evaluation- this is fine as a starting point but the child should visit a podiatrist for the condition. Many people think that children “out-grow” flat feet and this is not the case most of the time. Many children who are told to outgrow flat feet present to a podiatrist in their teens and 20’s for foot pain and trouble walking and keeping up with friends due to the progression of the condition. Some start to develop hammertoes and bunions. Many times, if flat feet are treated early on, progression can be slowed or even avoided leading to less long term complications.

Depending on the age of the child, the flat foot can be caused by many factors including compensation in the feet for issues in the hip, knee and ankle. It is important that the child have a complete biomechanical examination from the hips down to determine the root cause to appropriately treat. Many times flat feet can be treated with orthotics (go in the child’s shoes) to help stabilize the arch. In other cases, further bracing and support may be necessary.

Call Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 to visit with Doylestown’s community podiatrists. We will be happy to discuss the above and help your entire family stay on their feet!

 

Flat Feet?

 

Flat Feet

By Dr. Ken Lefkowitz

If you look at an adult’s foot from the inside, you will see a curve right in the middle, known as the arch of the foot. This arch is formed by tendons. When the tendons do not pull the proper amount, there will be less or no arch. This is known as a fallen arch or a flat foot. Many children have flat feet, but oftentimes as they grow older an arch will develop. Flat feet in adults can arise from a variety of problems such as stretched or torn tendons, broken or dislocated bones, nerve problems, or certain health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. If none of these are the case, it can simply be a result of a birth abnormality. Other risk factors include obesity, diabetes, aging, and pregnancy.

Sometimes flat feet require no treatment because there aren’t any symptoms, but some people may experience back and leg pain, swollen bottoms of the feet, difficulty of movement in the feet, achy arches, and easily fatigued feet. In these cases, it is time to visit your podiatrist. Once you are diagnosed with flat feet, you will undergo treatment which depends on the severity of your fallen arches. Your podiatrist may suggest rest and ice to relieve pain and reduce swelling, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, custom orthotics, or injected corticosteroids. Severe pain or damage may require more serious methods of treatment such as cutting or changing the shape of the bone (osteotomy) or adding tendon from other parts of the body to help balance the pulling of the tendons forming the arch.

Even if you don’t believe that your fallen arches are a serious problem, they may become an issue in the future. Call Quality Foot Care at 215-230-9707 to visit with Doylestown’s community podiatrist. You can receive comprehensive information regarding flat feet and any other foot or ankle concern that may arise this summer.